EVALUATION OF THE CHARACTER FIRST! PROGRAM AS IMPLEMENTED IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL

Maria Asuncion A. Cruz

The study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of the CHARACTER FIRST! (CF!) Program, a character education program as implemented at a private school in support of its vision-mission of “developing Christian Servant Leaders through character formation and academic excellence”. Specifically, the study sought answers to the following questions: (1) What are the perceived issues and concerns with regards to the implementation of the CF! Program?; (2) How do teachers assess students’ performance under the CF! the Program?; (3) How effective is the CF! Program as perceived by stakeholders?; and (4) What is the impact of the CF! Program on the stakeholders?

A researcher-designed 4Ds Model (Discover - Dig Deeper - Develop - Deliver) using mixed-methods was employed based on Robert Stake’s Responsive Evaluation Model. Chosen for a more participative and comprehensive understanding of the CF! Program, the evaluation model served to address and respond to stakeholders’ main problems and issues in the use of the program for more effective implementation in the future.

Using non-probability, judgment sampling technique, 34 respondents including administrators, Grades 1-3 homeroom advisers, students and parents were selected. Written surveys, individual interviews, classroom observations and document analyses were employed to gather data. Results of the descriptive statistics, ANOVA and Grades 1-3 Resourcefulness grades were analyzed. Thematic analysis was also done on interview transcriptions, essay portions of survey responses, notes on classroom observations and document reviews.